State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

Major contenders running for Florida governor are getting a chance to give their campaign pitch to reporters and editors from across the state.

The Associated Press is holding its annual pre-session planning day on Thursday at the Capitol. The session starts in January.

Three Democrats and two Republicans running for governor in 2018 are scheduled to appear.

Gov. Rick Scott is leaving office in early 2019 due to term limits.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The two main economic drivers in Florida are tourism and agriculture, but you can’t ignore the military. From military bases and defense contractors to 1.6 million veterans living in the state, the military contributes nearly 10 percent to the Florida economy.

That’s why protecting those military assets has become the mission of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, business leaders and elected officials.

Putnam: Oriental Fruit Fly 'Successfully Eradicated'

Feb 15, 2016
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State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Friday said his department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture "have successfully eradicated" a highly destructive type of insect found in August in Miami-Dade County.